TPRC Partners Have Opened The New Laboratory and Visiting Center
June 26, 2012
On Tuesday June 26, the partners in the TPRC ThermoPlastic composites Research Centre have opened the new TPRC laboratory and visiting center on the Innovation Campus in Enschede, The Netherlands. Researchers, suppliers and manufacturers work together at the TPRC on the research and development of thermoplastic composites. The partners share the research results and facilities. Fokker Technologies, Boeing, TenCate and the University of Twente are the initiators of the TPRC. A collaboration agreement was signed three years ago on June 12, 2009, which resulted in the creation of the TPRC. The Center has since produced a number of results and has grown to 15 people and eight major research projects. The Province of Overijssel, the Twente Region, EFRO and the central government provided a subsidy of over four million euros in 2010. Industry contributes at least the same amount. In early 2012, five other companies joined the TPRC: Instron, DTC, Pinette Emidecau Industries, Italmatic and AniForm.
An important reason for establishing the TPRC is the increasing use of thermoplastic composites in the aviation industry. A major advantage of thermoplastic composites is their short production time. It is essential however, to have a thorough understanding of how the material behaves during the production process. The TPRC is building leading knowledge in this field by conducting research and making its expertise available to members in the form of guidelines, data and software tools. In addition to the aviation industry, the TPRC also sees many opportunities in other sectors such as the the automotive industry, sports world and the health care sector.
Mr. Bill Gerry, Boeing’s Program Manager for Global Research and Development Strategy and Chairman of TPRC, gave a welcoming word on the opening event, followed by speeches by Theo Rietkerk, member of the Provincial Executive of Overijssel, Ed Brinksma, Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente and Loek de Vries, Chairman and CEO of Royal TenCate. Well over 200 visitors, mostly from industry and coming from various countries visited the event.